Taxation for Companies
Companies pay corporation tax on the profit they earn. Note that because a company has a separate legal personality, its tax is included in its accounts. An unincorporated business would not show income tax in its accounts, as it would not be a business expense but the personal affair of the proprietors.
Presentation in accounts
- The charge for corporation tax on profits for the year is shown as a deduction from net profit, before appropriation.
- In the balance sheet, tax payable to the government is generally shown as a current liability as it is usually due within nine months of the year end.
- For various reasons, the tax on profits in the profit and loss account and the tax payable in the balance sheet are not usually the same amount.